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February 2017
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Cave Canem Fellows Off-Site Benefit Reading

February 8 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
WHUT at Howard University,
2222 Fourth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20059 United States
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Hear what our fellows have to say! Join us at AWP-D.C. for our annual Off-Site Reading, hosted by Howard University’s WHUT Radio Station, headlined by Howard alumni Amaud Jamaul Johnson, Toni Asante Lightfoot and John Murillo. Another 20 poets will share innovative work in four-minute, rapid-fire intervals. D.C.-based fellow Katy Richey will emcee. A donation of $10—or more!—upon entry benefits Cave Canem Foundation. This event is SOLD OUT! Reception at 6:30, open to all ticket-holders Reading at 7:00 This reading…

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Not Without Laughter: Poetry, Drinks & Jazz

February 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Busboys & Poets, Langston Room,
2021 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009 United States
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Join Cave Canem, PEN Center USA and the Bennington Writing Seminars as we come together to celebrate Bennington's new scholarships for emerging writers, all in the spirit of Langston Hughes. Short readings by Cave Canem Poetry Prize-winner Donika Kelly and Bennington M.F.A. student Shauna Barbosa, followed by drinks and jazz. Space is limited. Free and open to the public.

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A Reading and Conversation with Tina Chang, Ross Gay and Patricia Smith

February 11 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Washington Convention Center,
Ballroom C, Level Three, 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW
Washington, DC 20001 United States
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At this year's AWP conference, award-winning poets Tina Chang, Ross Gay and Patricia Smith will read from collections that approach history and truth-telling as mysteries to be cracked open by narration, lyricism, traditional forms, and experimentation. Their work celebrates the extraordinary in the ordinary, and reveals gratitude, faith in the face of grief, and the many forms that absence takes. At the same time, their texts situate poetry as a space for complex negotiations, both personal and political. Cave Canem Poetry…

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March 2017

New Works: Cameron Awkward-Rich, Tara Betts, Hayes Davis and Nathan McClain

March 3 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
NYU Lillian Vernon House,
58 W 10th Street
New York, NY 10003 United States
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Join us for an afternoon of poetry showcasing new collections by fellows. Awkward-Rich is the author of Sympathetic Little Monster (Ricochet Editions, 2016), of which Danez Smith says, "The ornate emotional terrain of these poems is charted with the poet’s sometimes spare, sometimes wild, always skilled lyric." Betts is the author of a previous collection, Arc & Hue (Willow Books, 2009), and most recently, Break the Habit (Trio House Press, 2016), which Maria Gillan says " the very core of…

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Poets on Craft: Sarah Gambito and Simone White

March 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center,
55 W. 13th St, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10011 United States
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Hear two socially engaged poets read from and discuss their work in this intimate meeting-of-the-minds. Gambito is the author of Matadora (Alice James Books, 2004) and Delivered (Persea Books, 2009), about which Major Jackson writes, “I marvel at and applaud this feisty and increasingly important writer.” White is the author of House Envy of All the World (Factory School/Heretical Texts, 2010) and Of Being Dispersed (Futurepoem Books, 2016). She is a 2017 Whiting Award winner. Fellow Safia Jama moderates. Free and open to the…

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New Works: Joshua Bennett, Charif Shanahan and Patricia Smith

March 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
NYU Lillian Vernon House,
58 W 10th Street
New York, NY 10003 United States
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Come celebrate the publication of exceptional new work by two Cave Canem fellows and a renowned faculty member. Bennett’s debut collection The Sobbing School (Penguin, 2016) is a National Poetry Series selection, about which Tracy K. Smith writes, “ astounding, dolorous, rejoicing voice is indispensable.” Yusef Komunyakaa hails Shanahan’s Into Each Room We Enter without Knowing (SIU Press, 2017) as “a heroic first collection.” Smith is the author of seven collections of poetry, including Teahouse of the Almighty, a National…

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April 2017
Free

Chapbook Launch: Nick Makoha’s Resurrection Man

April 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Betsy-South Beach,
1440 Ocean Drive
Miami, FL 33139 United States
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Celebrate the launch of Nick Makoha's Resurrection Man, winner of the second annual Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize, selected by Robin Coste Lewis and published this spring by Jai-Alai Books. Stay after the reading to browse Christopher Barker’s exhibit Homegoing: A Conceptual Photo Series, which pairs excerpts from the works of pioneering black queer poets with contemporary images celebrating black queer culture past and present. This event is part of the month-long O, Miami Poetry Festival. Free and open…

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New Works: Casey Rocheteau, Clint Smith and John Warner Smith

April 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The New School, University Center, Starr Foundation Hall,
63 5th Avenue, Room UL 102
New York, NY 10011 United States
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Hear three Cave Canem fellows read work from their new and debut collections. Casey Rocheteau, inaugural winner of Detroit’s permanent residency, Write A House, is the author of Knocked Up On Yes (Sargent Press, 2012), and The Dozen (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2016); Franny Choi calls her “ruthlessly funny and overwhelmingly talented.” TED speaker and National Poetry Slam Champion Clint Smith is the author of Counting Descent (Write Bloody, 2016), which Gregory Pardlo says “shimmer with revelatory intensity.” Called a “master storyteller”…

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We Are All Time Travelers Now: A Reading

April 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cave Canem Suite 310-A,
20 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY United States
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Join participants in Rio Cortez’s workshop “We Are All Time Travelers Now” as they share new work written in spring sessions. Free and open to the public. Potluck refreshments served.        

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Nevertheless, Live: Adynaton, the Promise of Silence, and the Key of Life: A Lecture by Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon

April 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cave Canem Suite 310-A,
20 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY United States
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“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” —Muhammad Ali In the face of unspeakable violence (the disappearance and murder of a little Black girl in the Mecca, a Chicago…

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